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Class Struggle: May 9, 2010 - May 15, 2010

Why education reporting will live on and thrive

"Until people perceive education journalism as a route to long-term professional success, it will be hard to re-invigorate school-related coverage," they conclude. "Just as we undervalue the teaching profession, so do we undervalue education journalism. Our schools will not achieve as we would like them to until we give adequate respect and reward to teaching." Sorry, guys. It isn't going to happen

By Jay Mathews  |  May 14, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Trends  | Tags: Brookings Institution, Chronicle of Higher Education, Darrell M. West, E.J. Dionne, Education Week, Grover J. Whitehurst, Inside Higher Ed, future of education writing, more optimistic now, too pessimistic before  
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AP vs. IB--choosing sides

Which program, AP or IB, is better? Many parents ask me this each May. I try to dodge the question. Both programs are top-notch. They offer teenagers a true college experience in high school, taking courses and exams that in many cases are more demanding that the introductory courses in state universities they are designed to mimic.

By Jay Mathews  |  May 12, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Local Living  | Tags: AP easier to get college credit, Advanced Placement vs. International Baccalaureate, IB better exams, IB long essay, IB slightly better  
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Child resisting school? Try a sabbatical for kids.

A kiddie sabbatical is a break to recharge batteries and reassess values. It isn’t the same thing as long-term home-schooling. The strain on parents is short-term. In the Internet age it is often possible to work at home for a few months. I have found no data on this, but we could be seeing a trend toward sabbaticals for the young and restless.

By Jay Mathews  |  May 9, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Metro Monday  | Tags: Laura Brodie, Love in a Time of Homeschooling,, kiddie sabbaticals, short-term homeschooling  
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